Turkish tobacco is the smallest and also most resistant of the three plant varieties. As the name suggests, it thrives particularly well in hot areas such as Turkey and the Middle East.
These conditions and the high planting density, combined with a corresponding variety of Turkish tobacco, produce an aromatic smoking flavour - very mild with a slightly sweet and highly aromatic taste. The strong aroma develops because of the very dry conditions: the tobacco plant forms a layer of wax on its leaves to prevent their dehydration. This wax contains natural aromatic oils.
The result is reinforced by the sun drying process, since it promotes these chemical transformations. A Turkish blend may contain up to 100% sun-dried tobacco, as is the case with traditional Turkish cigarettes. One can also find 10-15% of Turkish tobacco in American-blend cigarettes.
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